Guest Blog by Carol Allen
The spot down by the ford is long gone, a victim of deer
overpopulation and an upstream housing development causing massive
erosion of the stream bank. My "little" patch? ....is now a couple of
hundred feet square!
Virginia Bluebells are true spring ephemerals and complete their life
cycle before the tree's leaves are fully mature. The clustered buds are
pink and the flowers open and mature to a beautiful lavender-blue. The
leaves are oval and grey-green with the plants reaching a height of 1 -
2'. They are summer dormant and are gone by late June in our area.
Bluebells can be found in floodplains and areas of moist soil. Mine
have flourished in good garden soil with the occasional summer
Seed can be collected in early June as the stems collapse. They can
be sown in the fall for spring germination or stored, cold stratified
and sown out in the early spring. Crowns can be divided as well. Virginia Bluebells are easy to propagate and can be found in most good
About the Author
Carol Allen describes herself as a committable plant-a-holic. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the horticulture industry with special interest in plant pests and diseases and is a Licensed Pesticide Applicator in the states of Maryland and Virginia. Carol can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. Carol is also the "InsectIndex" columnist for Washington Gardener Magazine.
Be sure to also visit the companion blog post on great spots in the DC-region to view masses of Virginia Bluebells in bloom.